The Reign of Bush-Obama and their Power Essay

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Many argue that the most powerful branch in government is the Executive Branch. The President is considered as the most influential and the most important position in the U.S. government. However, the powers granted to Presidents and the prerogative they have exerted are not listed in the Constitution but instead have been adapted and expanded upon by each President. Although the Constitution does not define the powers of the President, it has defined Presidential powers in terms of peace, war, and emergency. A recent expansion of Presidential power, exerted by Bush and then Obama was this “War on Terror (WOT)”. President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush have both expanded the powers of the President through the …show more content…
Many argue that the most powerful branch in government is the Executive Branch. The President is considered as the most influential and the most important position in the U.S. government. However, the powers granted to Presidents and the prerogative they have exerted are not listed in the Constitution but instead have been adapted and expanded upon by each President. Although the Constitution does not define the powers of the President, it has defined Presidential powers in terms of peace, war, and emergency. A recent expansion of Presidential power, exerted by Bush and then Obama was this “War on Terror (WOT)”. President Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush have both expanded the powers of the President through the use of the Constitution, emergency war powers, and signing statements that has implications for the future of the Presidency.
The Constitution and Presidential Power The Constitution outlines the role of each branch of the government, however the role of President in Article II is quite vague. Perhaps during the time period people were afraid of big government, so the Founding Father’s made the role of the President vague to allow for leeway instead of making it specific to further upset the people. After all, the Constitution is considered the “law of the land”. Some of the roles of the President listed in the Constitution, more specifically Article II, describes the President’s legislative role as the following: approving legislation,
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